Portrait of Bonnie Keeler
Associate Professor
158 Humphrey School
Currently reviewing Ph.D. applicants
Currently reviewing PhD applicants


    Bonnie Keeler, PhD, is an associate professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where she co-directs the Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy. Keeler is a McKnight Presidential Fellow, Earth Leadership Fellow, and Fellow of the Institute on the Environment. Keeler works at the intersection of sustainability science and environmental economics, with particular expertise in water management and policy.

    Keeler leads the Beyond the Academy network - a coalition of university leaders seeking to reform academic models to promote actionable, engaged scholarship on sustainability. Keeler is also the co-director of the CREATE Initiative, a graduate fellowship program and community-engaged research effort at the intersection of environment and equity, and a co-PI on the Minneapolis-St. Paul Long-term Ecological Research site.


    PhD in Natural Resources (University of Minnesota, 2013)

    MS in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior (University of Minnesota, 2007)

    BA in Biology (Colorado College, 2001)

    Handmaker, O., Keeler, B. & Milz, D. (2021). What type of value information is most valuable to stakeholders? Multi-sector perspectives on the utility and relevance of water valuation information, Environmental Science and Policy, 115, 47-60

    Keeler, B. L. (2020). Mainstream and Heterodox Approaches to Water Quality Valuation: A Case for Pluralistic Water Policy Analysis, ANNUAL REVIEW OF RESOURCE ECONOMICS, VOL 12, 12, 235-258

    Ehrman-Solberg, K., Keeler, B., Derickson, K. & Delegard, K. (2020). Mapping a path towards equity: reflections on a co-creative community praxis, GEOJOURNAL,

    Keiser, D., Olmstead, S., Boyle, K., Flatt, V., Keeler, B., Phaneuf, D., Shapiro, J. & Shimshack, J. (2020). Report on the Repeal of the Clean Water Rule and its Replacement with the Navigable Waters Protection Rule to Define Waters of the United States (WOTUS). External-Economics Advisory Council: United States

    Keeler, B. L., Derickson, K. D., Waters, H. & Walker, R. (in press). Advancing water equity demands new approaches to sustainability science, One Earth, 2, 211-213

    Keeler, B. L., Hamel, P., McPhearson, T., Hamann, M. H., Donahue, M. L., Prado, Kelly A Meza, Arkema, K. K., Bratman, G. N., Brauman, K. A., Finlay, J. C. & others (2019). Social-ecological and technological factors moderate the value of urban nature, Nature Sustainability, 2(1), 29

    Keeler, B., Noe, R., Hawthorne, P., Gourevitch, J., Johnson, K. & Dalzell, B. (2019). Putting people on the map improves the prioritization of ecosystem services, Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment,

    Keeler, B. L., Chaplin-Kramer, R., Guerry, A. D., Addison, P. F., Bettigole, C., Burke, I. C., Gentry, B., Chambliss, L., Young, C., Travis, A. J. & others (2017). Society is ready for a new kind of science—Is academia?, BioScience, 67(7), 591--592

    Keeler, B. L., Gourevitch, J. D., Polasky, S., Isbell, F., Tessum, C. W., Hill, J. D. & Marshall, J. D. (2016). The social costs of nitrogen, Science advances, 2(10), e1600219

    Keeler, B. L., Polasky, S., Brauman, K. A., Johnson, K. A., Finlay, J. C., O’Neill, A., Kovacs, K. & Dalzell, B. (2012). Linking water quality and well-being for improved assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 201215991